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Steve D.

72 Reviews
27 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 15 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull - American Pit Bull Terrier
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds

Steve's Resident Pets

Golden Retriever
8 yr 1 mo old
Golden Retriever
12 yr 1 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Steve's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Steve

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Welcome to Good Karma Petsitters. We provide petsitting and playdates in a knowledgeable and pet friendly home environment.

In the past we have served as team leader and volunteer coordinator of the Pensacola branch of the Emerald Coast Golden Retriever Rescue.

In this capacity, we were responsible for the assessment, and intake of babies running the gamut from strays and pound pups to owner surrenders.

We fostered dozens of pooches from various situations and many definitely needed more attention than others, which we found ourselves instinctively inclined to provide with help from Karma, our original Golden.

As a result, Karma and our many foster babies trained us to provide basic training, socialization and trust, and the ability to find the best forever home for each individual rescue pup, based on the characteristic of both the fur baby and the adopting family. This included performing home checks, obtaining references from potential adoptees, and considering the full approval of our foster babies.

Although we now no longer volunteer or foster, we work as part-time associates for a holistic pet food company and we work in the pet stores to educate pet parents of the importance of their best friend’s nutrition. One of the perks is meeting and petting new dogs.

Fortunately, this arrangement allows for at least one of us to always be at home to be petting our own dogs, and, of course, our welcomed guests.

Our babies are Golden Retrievers: Cali who is 6 and Brandi who is 10. They are both rescues and both have the sweetest personalities. They help to make new dogs feel welcomed and at home, and they haven't met a dog yet they did not like.

We also have one inside cat, a beautiful Abysinnian named Abby, and 2 outside cats who prefer to cat around. And, of course,we can’t forget about Bun E Carlos, our Dutch bunny who has no idea that he is not a dog.

All of our pack members get along great with each other and most of our sociable guests, so if you have a buddy who enjoys play dates with a variety of animals, we can make that happen.

However, in case of doggie drama, we do indeed have 2 separate fenced yards (over 1/2 acre) and 2 separate screened in porches for guests who may not enjoy fraternizing. So, if you have a dog who needs sitting, but needs to be kept in a separate yard area from other pets, this may be accommodated on a case by case basis.

In addition to many inside areas for lounging, we also have a room for kitties, bunnies, or other small pets who would rather not be bothered with the business of other species.

We also offer the service of bathing your friend to send them home to you fresh and clean and can even arrange a photo shoot with our favorite professional pet photographer.

We never overbook and always take into consideration the eccentricities of each individual guest so that we are able to provide each client with our personal attention.

We currently offer doggy daycare (in addition to overnight boarding)! I’d be happy to keep your pup entertained while you’re away for the day.

Please contact us for a consultation.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained

Steve D.

72 Reviews
27 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 15 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 28, 2017


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Course 101 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
Course 102 Graduate
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Pay through DogVacay for:
Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Steve's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$50 /night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
Daycare At Steve's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$15 /half-hour
$20 /hour
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
$25 /bath
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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72 Reviews
Steve is such a great dog sitter. He's flexible with my drop of and pick up times and my little buddy always looks forward to staying and playing at Steve's place. He barely notices that I've left for the weekend! I'd recommend Steve to anyone in the Pensacola area.
At 13 years old, this was the first time we left Zoe with anyone other than family or friends. After meeting Steve, his dogs and seeing the back yard, we knew this was the right place! Zoe was happy right away and when we picked her up. If we are ever in the area again, we will absolutely leave her with Steve again.
This is our first time using DogVacay and we are very pleased with Zoey's stay at Steve's. He sent us comments and photos every morning. This made our family smile and feel worry free. Zoey appeared to be having a great time getting to play with other dogs daily. We will definitely use Steve again in the near future!!
It was Cooper's first day of daycare. Steve was reassuring. He sent pictures midday which was nice for me to see that everything was going well. I visited 3 places and Steve offers the experience and dog set-up I was seeking. He is headed there again today.
Thanks to Steve, my vacation was worry free. Daizy seemed well taken care of and Steve was easy to work with. I would highly recommend him and will use Steve again in the future.
Steve not only watched our two English mastiffs while we were on vacation, but was also game to take on our boy's three hamsters. Between one dogs recent knee surgery and our other dog being huge (212lbs) and recovery from a recent ear infection, he had his hands full! Judging by all of the pictures/updates he sent and how happy our dogs were, I would say they had a great stay with him. We will definitely be using Steve again and cannot say thank you enough for taking such great care of our animals!
Outstanding as usual.
Steve is always very helpful. He is the best.
Steve always takes good care of Dakota.
Steve's place is like a staycation for dogs! He's so wonderful that we actually bring our dogs with us from ATL just so they can board w/Steve while we're visiting family in P'cola. If we still lived in P'Cola, we'd use him more often! Thanks, Steve, for taking such great care of our dogs.
This was our first time using Dogvacay and Steve was great. We felt totally confident that Chelsea, our 9 year old Jack Russell, was in good hands and well taken care of. He was flexible and accommodating and sent us photos every day. We will definitely use him again and recommend him highly.
Steve is the best.
As usual Jake had a wonderful vacation with Steve and the Girls. Jake returned happy and tired from all the running and fun. Thank You Steve Roll Tide
Steve took excellent care of our dog during our trip. Our dog is a bit "high maintenance" but he got the same level of care at Steve's as he would at home. The pictures and updates we got were always reassuring. 10/10
Steve is always great with Dakota.
Steve is very accommodating and helpful.
Steve has always been great with Dakota.
Steve was absolutely amazing! This was the first time we had ever used this site, and I couldn't be happier with our experience. We have a playful puppy that he took wonderful care of. As others have said, he was probably sad to see us come pick him up after all the fun he had at Steve's house. We have told everyone we know about Steve and and will definitely be using him again!
Wonderful experience for both Max and me! I was able to leave Max with confidence knowing that he was receiving the best care possible. Thanks Steve!
As always Jake enjoyed being a guest at Steve's house. Cali & Brandi gave Jake a Birthday Party and dressed up like Playboy Bunny Girls. Jake loved his Party, wish I could post the photos. Jake also Thanks Steve and the girls for his Birthday Bone and his very special treat Blue Wilderness Wild Bones. Thanks Steve! See you again soon.
Steve is the best. I am new to town with a demanding work schedule and I don't know what I would do without him!
Steve was amazing!!! Great communication and very flexible with our plans. Will definitely be using him again next time we come to Pensacola! Thanks Steve!!!
Mr. Steve was very kind to us, and did all he could for our dog (who suffers from severe separation anxiety).
so happy to find Steve in Pensacola and happy with his care of Willow Park.
Our experience with Steve was the best we could ever wish for. He watched our two babies for 9 days, and it was their first time not being with us. Steve made us feel comfortable all the way through the trip. He kept us up to date with messages and photos to let us know how they were doing. I really think that upon picking them up, they were upset to leave. Steve really does love the Dogs and treat them as his own. He even gave them both a bath and had them looking good for our return. I will always go back to Steve in the future and highly recommend him to all.
Steve has been wonderful and has taken amazing care of our 3 dogs! 2 of our dogs are 5 month old puppies and are a handful but Steve keeps our minds at ease when we are out of town. He is the only person I would let watch my dogs and I would highly recommend him.
Our dog Brownie had a great time at Steve's house. It was easy to contact him and arrange drop off and pick up. We would definitely have Brownie stay with him again.
Our experience with Steve was great. Gus stayed with Steve and his furkids for a whole week. We received pictures every day, which showed Gus playing and having a great time! He gave him a bath and furminated him as well. I highly recommend Steve! ~~ Patti and Dave B.
Steve did a great job with my 14 year old dog! I got daily photos of her as well as a Mother's Day photo from my pet! Steve goes the extra mile to be sure pets feel at home while they are with him. Definitely will use Steve again!
Our stay with Steve for Casey and Pepsi was great! Very professional! We really enjoyed getting pictures and feedback during the stay! We will be back soon!
Steve was fantastic with my dog Kona! She's a new rescue and suffered from a lot of separation anxiety and stress during her first vacay. Steve was completely patient and understanding, going above and beyond to make sure she was comfortable. I was able to enjoy my weekend knowing that she was being so well cared for.
I can sum up the experience by saying that my dog didn't want to leave. Literally didn't want to leave. Steve is great and Apollo gives him 5 stars and 4 paws!! Thanks Steve!!
Thank goodness for Steve - we couldn't have asked for better. We adopted Riley several months ago from the local shelter, and we did not want him to stay in a kennel while we were away. Steve and Cali welcomed Riley into their home and treated him exceptionally well. Steve also sent some pictures to show us how well Riley settled in. When we picked Riley up, he showed no signs of stress and looked like he had just had the best vacation.
Thanks again Steve.
This was our first time boarding Neesie and Steve was very patient and helpful. We loved the daily photos and updates and Steve was very quick to answer questions. He also finished Neesie's antibiotic. When we picked her up, Neesie didn't want to leave and she wants to go back and see her friends again soon. Thanks, Steve!
Dakota loves to stay with Steve.
Steve is the best. Don't know what we'd do without him.
If it's possible for a host to be TOO GOOD, Steve fits the bill. My dogs were so well taken care of that they were reluctant to leave Steve's home, after they'd been there a full week. Daily photos gave me great confidence while I was in California. Steve's house and yard are perfect for my pair, and I'm hoping he'll be available in the future. Thank you Steve!
I can't say enough how important it is to feel good about dropping of your pups and feeling like they're in good hands.
Another great stay! They love it there! Mr. Steve is super accommodating to our crazy schedule.
Our pups really enjoy their stay with Mr. Steve. He's very caring and nice. They seem like they have fun and enjoy themselves.
We will book with Steve whenever we're in Pensacola (we live in Atlanta now...only wish he was up there!) This was a consecutive visit over Fall Break, for an unplanned getaway to Pensacola. Steve noticed that our dog bed had a small tear (from our house, not at his), but he thoughtfully sewed it up so it wouldn't get bigger! Dogs had a great time.
This was a return visit with Steve...this time with two dogs! Bessie recognized Steve's place and couldn't wait to get in the house and Misty (who is a little skittish) was right at home. Steve made our vacation an easy one knowing the dogs were in great hands.
Highest recommendation for Steve!! Bessie had an absolute blast with Steve and his dogs! It was easy to coordinate drop-off and pick-up, and he sent us a photo right way to let us she was doing well. She looked so happy we were concerned she wouldn't want to come home! So nice to have such a dog-friendly environment and know she's well cared for when she's not with us.
Jake had another Great Vacay with Steve and the Girls. Jake had his Ugly Christmas Sweater on when Alabama beat Clemson. Jake wore it for good luck and it worked! Jake Thanks you so much for the sweater. We tried the Blue Buffalo Bones you gave us on his bed at night..... he loves them. I ordered some for him. I'm cutting them in quarters because of the price. Jake misses you and the girls for several days when we pick him up, then he resumes his normal schedule. See you next time. Thank You.
Steve is awesome! I asked him to watch our dogs because of his amazing reviews, and now I finally know why they are all 5 stars! He sent us updates every 1-2 days with pictures of them playing with his Goldens in his backyard, lounging on the bed chewing a bone, and always having an absolute ball, making us rest assured our babies were well taken care of. We were both nervous because one of our dogs had recently been diagnosed with Addisons Disease, and it was our first time leaving him. Steve never even hesitated when we explained the situation and signs to watch out for incase our dog went into a crisis, and had no problem receiving instructions for our dog to swallow a pill twice a day. The next time we go out of town, I won't even think of anyone else before I contact Steve! The dogs were tired and relaxed when we picked them up, which is always a good indicator they were happy pooches!
This was Jakes first overnight outing. Steve kept us updated with photo/text. We could see Jake playing with Steve's Girls Cali & Brandi. Our experience with Steve was Fabulous, if we need a temporary home for Jake in the future.....Jake will be thrilled to go. Thank You Cali, Brandi and Steve.
Jake was welcomed by Steve and his girls! Jake was treated like one of the pack and enjoyed his stay. We were happy knowing Jake was in a home environment, with 24/7 care. We had interviewed Commercial Kennels (Don't ever leave your pet in a Kennel) for Jake prior to finding DogVacay. We did a Meet&Greet with Steve and knew Jake would be happy and safe. Thank You Steve.
We recently used DogVacay for the first time when we went out of town for a week. We didn't want to leave Zoe, our high energy Jack Russell mix, in a kennel for that long. After reading many reviews, we contacted Steve and arranged a meet-and-greet, which went great.

Steve sent us periodic text messages (with pics) while we were gone to let us know that Zoe was doing well. Zoe had a great time playing with Steve's dogs and some of his other "guests" during the week! We'll definitely contact Steve next time we go out of town.
Steve was great! Rho loved him and his furry companions! We will back!
We are repeat clients for Steve and we wouldn't take our dog to anyone else! She spent less than 30 seconds watching us leave before she was already playing and running around in the yard-- that's how comfortable she feels with him and his wonderful dogs. We love the photo updates that Steve sends, and knowing that she is having such a good time. It truly is a dog vacation for her. We would recommend Steve to anyone!!
Steve is very accommodating. Our dogs enjoyed their stay and will return for another visit.
FIVE STARS!! It was our first time away from the dogs and Steve took excellent care of them! They were happy and he sent pictures so we could see them interacting with his own dogs. Perfect caregiver and we'll definitely be repeat customers!!
This was our 3rd or 4th time to vacay with Steve. He is the best.
We had our dog & kitty with Steve for 9 days. They loved their time there & were so well taken care of! I don't think our dog wanted to leave! Steve was accommodating with our schedule, and sent frequent updates & photos of our babies. Highly recommended and we will definitely use Steve again.
Steve is great. It was a perfect stay as usual. Dakota is a Great Dane who stays indoors and needs daily medication. We are always confident he'll be well cared for when he is with Steve. J.Hill
Steve is a great host. Dakota has stayed with him twice and will again in the future.
Steve was great! He actually kept our 1 year old cat this time instead of our goldendoodle, but our cat seemed to make herself right at home with his goldens. He sent pictures and kept me updated while we were away and we will for sure use him again!
Harley had a great time with Steve and his goldens, and we were able to relax and enjoy our time at the beach. Steve was very considerate - he accomodated our schedule for the drop off and pick up, and he sent us lots of pictures so we knew Harley was having fun too. We will definitely use Steve again in the future when we can return to the beach!
Steve helped me out of a bind when my AC went out. He was completely accommodating to the "I have no idea when it will be fixed" and was flexible. He sent pictures and my doggies love his goldens. They had a fantastic time and I slept well in my hotel knowing they were cool, happy & loved. Terrific host who I will use again and again.
We were so worried about leaving our three year old dog who has never been crated with a place like hotel for dogs or the like that wanted to put him in a 3X7 room and let him out MAYBE twice a day if it wasn't raining - then we found Steve and his Good Karma Pet Sitting service, and after stopping by for a meet and greet we knew right away that our dog would love spending time roaming Steve's large yard, playing with his gorgeous lab Cali and chilling on his porch.

Steve is definitely a dog person who will understand it's hard to leave your pups, he'll send you pictures while you're away too! So if you have to leave your pups in town or need some doggy daycare, I absolutely recommend Steve's Good Karma Pet Sitting!!!
Steve took great care of my older dog. She has separation anxiety but did great. Will be using him again in two weeks for a longer visit.
Steve is a lifesaver! I needed someone to watch my 5 month old golden retriever very last minute and Steve responded so quickly to my inquiry. I had difficult hours, but he was more than accommodating letting me drop off my pup at 6:15 am which was awesome. He even brought my dog out to the car when it was rainy and wiped off his little paws so they wouldn't make a mess of the backseat! He gave him a bath and a toy to take home, seriously so kind. I couldn't recommend anyone more highly, I would definitely give Steve a call! :)
This was Dakota's second time staying with Steve and we couldn't be happier. Dakota has some health issues that makes it a little more difficult for him to travel for long periods and we are so happy to have found someone that will care for our Great Dane like we do. Steve even took him for two walks a day! Thank you Steve!
Steve is an amazing dog lover! Maverick immediately jumped into his arms with joy upon meeting him. Steve has great experience with pet nutrition and care-giving. Steve and his pet friends were so great that Mav made multiple friends and even fell in love with a new toy! I highly recommend Steve for everyone! I will definitely be calling Steve again!
I would recommend Steve to anyone. He really put our minds at ease when we were away on vacation. He clearly loves dogs and went above and beyond what you would expect. He sent photos and updates regularly, and he even gave Molly a bath and brushed her! I almost felt bad bringing her home as she had bonded so well with the pack. It truly was a dog vacation for her, and we will be using Steve again for sure!
Ace had a blast with Misty and Steve and their two Goldens! We received pictures daily with updates! Steve even sent us home with a bag of treats and offered to bath our dog before picking him up. Great experience! We will definitely be taking Ace back there for future trips!
Steve is AMAZING! It was our first time leaving our 6 month old golden and I felt so comfortable leaving him with Steve. He is very sweet with our dog, I felt like he cared for him as if he was his own! I recieved updates and pictures everyday and I could always tell our pup was having a good time. When we picked him up he was happy, freshly bathed and tuckered out from having so much fun! Thank you so much!
We had last minute out of town plans and Steve was so accommodating. We have never kenneled our Boston Terrier. When I dropped off our dog, the 2 golden retrievers greeted her with love. When I picked our dog, she got in the car and fell asleep, immediately. I could tell she had been played with and loved! Truly, no worries taking your dog to this Pet Sitter. You can tell our dog loves Steve and the other doggies and I can tell Steve feels the same about our dog! :)
My dog is part of the family, now! We have never kenneled our 4 year old Boston Terrier and she walks right in the house when we drop her off.
My dog seems to enjoy playing with Steve and Misty! She now has a new best friend, Cali the Golden! Marley is going back for a 2 day stay this weekend. I feel very safe and comfortable leaving my dog here!
Wonderful!! Our dog fit in like she was in her own home! Great yard and our dog was so excited to go back right away for a sleep over!
Steve and Misty were awesome. They are true animal lovers, and they cared for our three dogs as if they were their own. Steve and Misty walked us through their home and showed us where our pups would stay and play. They introduced them to their dogs, two precious and sweet Goldens, and made every effort to ask questions about our dogs. Our pups were never left alone and given lots of attention. We were sent daily texts and photos of our pups having fun. I think the dogs had as much fun on this vacation as we did!
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